Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Schaffner Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/28/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals...

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North Carolina Writers' Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story will also be considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Sarah Addison Allen will judge...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative...

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Chattahoochee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

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Little Tokyo Historical Society

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of...

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Balcones Center for Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of...

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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Vijay Seshadri will judge in poetry, Kelly Link...

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Ohioana Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Writers at Work

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also...

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Caine Prize for African Writing

Cash Prize: $13,210
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $13,210) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Elizabeth Willis will judge in...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Grants of $1,500 each are given annually to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants...

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Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $11
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Dan Beachy-Quick will judge. Using the online...

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Binghamton University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry...

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Stadler Center for Poetry

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction...

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Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which includes a stipend of up to $20,000 for three months or $28,000 for five months for living expenses, housing, and...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each...

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Colgate University

Cash Prize: $40,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/2/18

Five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection by an emerging writer, a poetry collection by an established writer, a book of literary fiction, a book of...

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Easy Street

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/2/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Easy Street will be given annually for a short story. The winning story and finalists will be published in the 2018...

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Chicago Tribune

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/7/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in Printers Row, the Chicago Tribune's digital literary journal, is given annually for a short story. Four runners-up will...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/9/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press will be given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2018 prize...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20...

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